The Bookworm Takes Up The Challenge

Books are a major and irremovable part of my life (Novels more than the “Text” kind). I haven’t been reading a lot of late, and I feel it is about time I did. This year, my first resolution is to read more novels. My target for the year is to reach a hundred if I can (one a week at the very least to get to 52, my first target). New authors who I have not read, as well as some who I read often and enjoy a lot. The reviews will come up on Alchemy on Pages, my review blog (as of 24/1/2013), and/or my group book blog, A Lot of Pages (ALOP). I’ve linked to my reviews label there, but you can find lots of book reviews of many authors there, done by my wonderful friends.

first reads

Speaking of reading challenges, I’ve decided to take up the First Reads challenge at b00k r3vi3ws blog. Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay gives five levels and asks to choose one and read “N” number of novels, each written by an author I haven’t read before. I’ve decided to take up the “Expert” level and read between 21 and 25 new authors this year. All these reviews will be here or at ALOP, and if I find a book that I rate 5 / 5, the review I shall share at both places.



I also recently found the Indian Quills Reading Challenge at Tales Pensieve blog. The aim of this challenge is to make a database of books by Indian authors. I think it’ll suit me because I do read a lot of Indian authors. Again, the review can be either here or at ALOP, with reviews of 5 / 5 rated books (if any) shared at both places. My target for the IQCR 2013 challenge is 12 books (now revised to 44 books).


I’m also taking part in the Mixed Variety Reading Challenge at my group book review blog A Lot of Pages, where we have to read and review one book each in ten given categories.

Cheers, and happy reading (to me!).

(January 3rd, 2013)

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

14 thoughts on “The Bookworm Takes Up The Challenge”

    • Well, Diwa, I have great expectations of that book and this reading year 😉 Let’s see where I am at the end of the year. Cheers!

  1. Good luck, Leo! I can never set a number of books per year because sometimes I read really long ones that take more than the allotted time – and then I don’t want to limit myself to a bunch of shorter books too. One other thing I do is listen to books on tape/cd. That does give me more total books per year, so you might think about that if you have a lot of commute time, or, say, time on a bicycle or on a train. ^_^

    • I can never set either, but I waste a lot of time usually online or on games, so I think setting a number might help me actually focus to read more rather than waste time. Hence the challenge 🙂 I don’t quite fancy audio books, they don’t quite have the same feel as holding the book in my hand and reading 😀 I do read that way on my travel back in office cab. Thanks, Diana. I’ll need the luck.

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